Oldham Council has unveiled a £100,000 package which will help new and existing independent traders along the A62 Failsworth corridor.
The local authority is already investing £1.2million to help independent businesses revitalise Oldham’s Independent Quarter and Shaw and Lees district centres.
Following the successes of this scheme independent businesses along the “Gateway to Failsworth” carriageway can now use this fund to improve the appearance of their premises, as well as accessing a wide range of business support.
There have been some big changes around the A62 over the last couple of years with a £1 million investment in improvements to roads and the local environment.
Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “Independent businesses play an important part in sustaining the vibrancy and vitality of our high streets.
“We are already seeing the positive impact this kind of support is having in our successful Independent Quarter.
“The A62 is the “Gateway to Failsworth” and this investment will strengthen the connectivity between Oldham and Manchester, and the M60, as well as increasing footfall and attracting more visitors to shop in the area.
“We’ve already carried out improvement works to the route by making it more environmentally friendly, safe and accessible. We’ve also worked extremely hard with the police and partners to address anti-social behaviour issues – which includes the new Failsworth Youth Zone for 11 to 19-year-olds on Friday evenings at Failsworth Town Hall.
“We’re pleased to report that the 151 bus will now call directly into Hollinwood Metrolink station, giving residents greater accessibility to the local area and further afield.
“The council is listening to local concerns from residents and businesses and we felt this was the next necessary step to provide a helping hand for independent traders and try to stimulate this sector so they can flourish, improve the route and create new job opportunities as part of Get Oldham Working.
“We feel this is an exciting opportunity for existing businesses along the A62 – one they should grasp with both hands.”
One A62 business who will be applying for grant funding is TriFit Cycles – a new store that opened last October – and looking to get that start-up boost.
Failsworth resident Andy Taylor, owner of TriFit Cycles and Great Britain triathlete, said: “This is a really good initiative to help businesses along the A62. We are new on the block and anything that can help our visibility and bring in more customers is welcome.
“I think businesses would be silly to not enquire to the council and see how this grant can help them.”
Oldham Council launched the £1million ‘Independent Quarter’ in the area between Yorkshire Street, Clegg Street and Union Street (East) in Oldham Town Centre in November 2013 and a total of £200,000 worth of grants for Shaw and Lees last July.
This has greatly enhanced the business support services already available to help firms develop ideas for business growth.
If you would like to find out more about the A62 offer – which offers up to £3,000 of grants – please call on 0161 770 2077 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can download an application form and other useful information from www.oldham.gov.uk/business